To put it simply, the Chatham Anglers staff lived up to the hype.
Led by a terrific Cape Cod Baseball League debut by James Karinchak, and three plus innings of one run ball from Nick Meservey, the Anglers’ pitching staff held the Gatemen bats quiet all night long, surrendering just one run on three hits as Chatham (5-5) defeated Wareham 7-1 on Monday at Spillane Field.
Karinchak and Meservey alone combined to strike out 11 Gatemen (6-4) hitters.
Wareham coach Jerry Weinstein said the Gatemen offense was simply dominated.
“They threw two thoroughbreds out there,” said Weinstein. “They were very good, kept us off balance. For all intents and purposes it’s a 2-1 game going into the ninth inning and we just did not get the ball over the plate once it got there. We could not record an out on an infield hit that you have you have to able to, and so that was kind of the story tonight.“
Brett Conine got the start for the Gatemen and was more than serviceable, going four innings while surrendering just two runs (one earned). The right-hander out of Cal State Fullerton displayed a solid slider, throwing 15 of the 23 he delivered into the zone.
Chatham struck first in the top of the third. Jake Palomaki began the inning with a line single to center before advancing to second on a passed ball and ultimately moving up to third on a wild pitch. Two batters later, Palomaki came home with the first run of the game on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Sean Bouchard.
The Anglers increased their lead to 2-0 just one inning later due to a defensive miscue. K.J. Harrison – making his first start of the year at third base for the Gatemen – short hopped a throw off a groundball that got past Gavin Sheets, allowing Gunner Troutwire to get to second to begin the inning. After a slow groundball moved Troutwire over to third base, Hunter Lee knocked him in via a line single to left giving Chatham a 2-0 advantage.
In the bottom half of the seventh the Gatemen cut Chatham’s lead to one. Robbie Metz reached on an error, moved up to second on a wild pitch, third on a passed ball, and ultimately came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Harrison.
Outside of that, however, the Gatemen bats were quiet. Karinchak showed off a devastating curveball over the course of his three innings of work. In total, Karincheck faced the bear minimum, striking out six of the nine batters he saw while walking no one. The Anglers first reliever, Meservey, was almost equally as impressive going 3.2 innings while giving up just one unearned run on two hits and striking out five.
Chatham finally pulled away in the top half of the nine due to some control problems from the Gatemen staff. Two walks began the inning, and an infield hit off the bat Lee loaded the bases with nobody out. DJ Artis followed up by drawing a walk to force in a run, and Palomaki blew the game open as he belted a two run double into the left center field gap.